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Mill Society proud to have played a role in Pumpkin Festival

To The Daily Sun,

The 25th Anniversary of the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, hosted in our very own City of Laconia, was truly an amazing event! The only light outshining that of close to 10,000 jack-o-lanterns was the light emanating from the faces of our local residents and businesses, New Hampshire community members, and visitors from a far.

The Belknap Mill Society also beams with pride to have been able to take part in this event with our very own haunted house, Mayhem at the Mill — a Russ Davis Production. Russ and Maria Davis, along with their extended family and friends, worked tirelessly to completely transform the third floor of the Belknap Mill into a frightful haunt for our visitors. The Davis crew volunteered their time and efforts in order to raise funds for the Mill that will help us sustain our mission to preserve and protect the Belknap Mill for all of the Lakes Region to enjoy.

We extend heartfelt gratitude to Russ Davis' crew and look forward to working with them in the future. We'd also like to thank our generous sponsors, who put their faith in our event, and helped to make it possible: Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Co., Wallace Building Products, the Laconia Antique Center, the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, Wescott Law Firm, WEMJ, and Pepsi.

In addition to our sponsors, the following businesses donated to our bake sale and awesome raffle prizes: Penny's Craft Biz, Cider Bellies, Faro Italian Grille, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, and Funspot.

The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival was a great reminder to all of us what can be accomplished when a community rallies together. We offer our sincerest gratitude to Let It Shine, Inc. and the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, organizers of this event, as well as Mayor Ed Engler, City Manager Scott Myers, our Laconia city councilors, the Public Works Department, the Laconia Police Department and Laconia Fire Department. The Belknap Mill stands tall on the shoulders of our community, members, and all of our volunteers who not only helped us during that weekend but who also support all of our events throughout the year.

Thank you, Laconia.

The Board of Directors

Belknap Mill Society

Laconia

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Creationism goes up against mountain of scientific evidence

To The Daily Sun,

Sweet tears of Teabilly Butthurt! Did you see the Ayatollah steam coming from James McCoole's ears? Then Steve Earle asks whether believing in creationism makes a person bad. What does that have to do with anything? This may be a little over Mr. Earle's head but politicians and science teachers should be up to date on the latest scientific consensus and discoveries. Creationism goes up against mountains of scientific evidence and does not belong in schools or government. It's not about being good or bad, it's about competency. It is of paramount importance that policy makers make their decisions based upon the latest knowledge.

Creationists are today's geocentrists. They refuse to accept the mountains of evidence that support evolution from common descent. Mr. McCoole certainly does not belong on a school board where providing up-to-date education is of primary importance. By the way, those three right-wing school board members in Jefferson County, Colorado, who made a stink about the Advanced Placement American History curriculum were recalled last week and kicked off the school board. Let that be a lesson to conservatives who want to push their history and science from an alternative universe in public schools.

Mr. McCoole, forgetting it is 2015, not 1015, claims that there is no evidence for evolution by common descent. Maybe he should read some science instead of books and sites which advance religious apologetics in the guise of science. Below I have included some links. One is about eing apecies which demonstrate speciation in the here and now. The second presents 29 examples of macroevolution. This will not be easy but one has to start somewhere. As I wrote a while back, one can ditch literal readings of ancient religious texts, redefine what creator could mean, and still maintain some sort of faith. As Thomas Paine said, the Bible is an insult to the Almighty. Its the dogmatic doctrines that have to go.

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are full of tales that require gullibility on steroids for acceptance. Supernatural nonsense like revelations, visions and dreams, virgin births, original sin, hell-fire, salvation and a need for a savior, resurrections, angels, demons, Satan, prophecies, and much more have to be tossed in the trash bin of mankind's worn out ideas. Deism is compatible with today's science because it doesn't make ludicrous claims like claiming to know what God is or what IT thinks. Evolution by common descent is a big problem for ideas such as original sin and salvation because with evolution there was no "fall of mankind" so there is no need for a savior. If humanity is actually ascending by means of natural selection, the tribal superstitions of the Middle East which became the three great religions have it completely backward.

The problem with learning about evolution is that it is a study which brings together many fields of science. Evolution is supported by so many lines of evidence that a young Earth creationist has to ignore genetics, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, immunology, physics, astrophysics, geology, archaeology, paleontology, paleo-climatology, botany, bacteriology, virology, and more in order to maintain belief. One can't learn this subject overnight.

With Intelligent Design believers, it's not as bad because they have faced the facts of the geological record and the distant galaxies that are billions of light years away. But they still cling to myths like Michael Behe's "irreducible complexity," which claims that there is an irreducible level of biological complexity that could not have evolved from any previous state. This has been widely refuted and rejected because it's demonstrably wrong. There are no examples of irreducible complexity.

http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/irwin.html
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/comdesc/

James Veverka
Tilton

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